Begin building a profitable business by cobbling together free or inexpensive services already in existence. Assemble a stackless stack.
Get some customers. Work closely with them to figure out whether what you think will differentiate your virtual assistance startup will truly have value for them—enough that you'll be able to shoulder into a crowded market.
The Mom Test is a great little read on extracting as many insights as possible from conversations with your customers: http://momtestbook.com/.
I love this line from Gary Vaynerchuk: "Here’s a novel idea: why don’t you build a profitable business with real value and real customers that pay (in whatever form that means for you)? " (Source: https://medium.com/@garyvee/the-best-way-to-raise-money-from-an-angel-investor-or-vc-437082532d9d)
Anyway, let's discuss in more detail.